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Helsinki Digital Humanities Hackathon #DHH22

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Application Schedule

  • 14 March. to 6 April:  Application period – apply using this form.
  • 8 April 2022 applicants informed of acceptance
  • 8-13 April 2022 registration to #DHH22 for accepted participants
  • 20, 27 April  and 4 May 2022 three #DHH22 pre-hackathon online preparatory sessions from 12:00 to 14:00 CET
  • 11–20 May 2022 #DHH22 hackathon in Helsinki

Please note that we can only accept participants who are able to commit to the full week of intensive work (not just a couple of hours here and there), as well as the preparatory sessions. Thus, if you know that you have other commitments during the hackathon, please consider applying next time when you can make a full commitment.


As a CLARIN and DARIAH summer school, the in-person event will be truly international, welcoming applications from all over Europe and beyond. This year we are prepared to sponsor a dozen or more participants from outside Finland with flights and accommodation (see Practicalities for details). Participation in #DHH is free to all accepted participants.

The Helsinki Digital Humanities Hackathon is a chance to experience an interdisciplinary research project from start to finish within the span of 10 days. For researchers and students from computer science and data science, the hackathon gives the opportunity to test their abstract knowledge against complex real-life problems. For people from the humanities and social sciences, it shows what is possible to achieve with such collaboration.

For both, the hackathon gives the experience of intensely working with people from different backgrounds as part of an interdisciplinary team, as, during the hackathon, each group develops a digital humanities research project from start to finish. Working together, they formulate research questions with respect to particular data sets, develop and apply methods and tools to answer them, and present the work at the end of the hackathon. For information on what the hackathon was like in previous years, see #DHH21#DHH19#DHH18#DHH17#DHH16 and #DHH15.

3–6 ECTS credits may be gained from participating in the hackathon for students at the University of Helsinki and other universities.


This year, the hackathon groups are organized around the following four themes:

  • Early modern poetry
  • Epistemes of online discussions
  • Epistolary exchanges
  • Parliamentary networks

See further information on the DHH22 themes.


Minerva Plaza, Siltavuorenpenger 5 A (see on map), University of Helsinki, Finland

Prac­tic­al­it­ies and Timetable

The hackathon will take place between 11 and 20 May 2022. The participants are expected to commit to the hackathon for the whole period; work takes place mainly between 10:00 and 17:00 on weekdays (the weekend is free!). In addition, there are three online pre-sessions on Wednesdays 20, 27 April and 4 May, between 12:00 and 14:00 CET (UTC+03:00) for orientation, group formation and preparation for the intensive hackathon period. The participants are expected to attend also these pre-sessions. For more details, see the detailed timetable and further information on practicalities (including prerequisites and credits for students, spon­sor­ship of travel and ac­com­mod­a­tion for international participants).

Public presentations of the projects will take place on the last day of the hackathon, 20 May 2022.


General organisers:



University of Helsinki
Minerva Plaza, Siltavuorenpenger 5 A